Annual Giving Officer
Boston, MA Development
Job Type


The heart of Boston Ballet is the human experience. Through our living and breathing art, we forge human connections—between artist and attendee, teacher and trainee, friend and newcomer, one's outer and inner self. We believe that our community of employees is better when talented individuals with varied life experiences, identities, races, cultures, and ideas are welcomed, encouraged, and heard. As an internationally-acclaimed company, Boston Ballet is ever-evolving and innovating to stay relevant and ahead of the curve—in our business model, our repertoire, our education, and our engagement with our community. 

Reporting to and working closely with the Annual Giving Manager, the Annual Giving Officer is an exempt level position that contributes to the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Boston Ballet’s Giving Circles, particularly focused on the Benefactors’ Circle- our most generous supporters and a vital philanthropic resource to Boston Ballet. 

The Annual Giving Officer joins a dynamic development team at an exciting moment of growth for Boston Ballet and serves within the organization as a strong collaborator and champion for the Giving Circles, striving to maximize donor and patron experiences. Please be sure to submit a cover letter and resume when applying to ensure consideration of your candidacy.


· Staff time of the Annual Giving Officer is distributed as 50% focused on the Benefactors’ Circle and 50% supporting Friends, Young Partners, and E. Virginia Williams Visionaries’ Circle programs

· Responsible for the annual solicitation of Benefactors’ Circle donors, including creating solicitation plans, drafting and tracking renewals, acquisitions and upgrade appeals, and providing high touch customer service and stewardship at the highest level

· Work with integrated Advancement teams on developing and maintaining a strong patron-donor pipeline and increasing the visibility of the Benefactors’ Circle, with an aim to strategically grow the program

· Contribute to Giving Circle events from conception to execution, including ownership of the Benefactors’ Circle events. Partner with Director of Special Events to plan event format, program, and staffing; manage communications including invitations, reminders, briefings, and follow up; track, promote, and record RSVPs; attend events and manage on site setup, execution, and breakdown

· Oversee branding and upkeep of the E. Virginia Williams Lounge at the Citizens Bank Opera House and build rapport with donors utilizing the space

· Collaborate with Annual Giving Manager to strategically design and execute annual benefits structure for Giving Circles

· Work closely with Relationship Managers and Development team members to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward Giving Circle prospects. 

· Partner with colleagues to design compelling direct marketing campaigns, email invitations and communications, and stewardship mailings

· Assist with management of the On Pointe Society, a donor loyalty society that recognizes donors that have contributed consecutively to Boston Ballet for 10+ years, and the Cathryn Keith Society, Boston Ballet’s Planned Giving society



· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

· 3 to 5 years’ experience in development or annual giving preferred

· Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills

· Work style that exemplifies collaboration, solution seeking, and ambition

· Demonstrated discretion, tact, and good judgment

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously

· Excellent data management skills and strong attention to detail necessary

· Results-oriented and committed to meeting benchmarks and goals with a high degree of initiative to motivate high-level donors and volunteers

· Ability to work some evenings and weekends, in particular during the production season

· Must be passionate about advancing Boston Ballet, its programs, and dance as an art form

· Boston Ballet requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless the employee is entitled to a religious or medical exemption.